Register Now for our Free PADI Training Bulletin Live Webinars

Please join us for one of these live, interactive presentations of the PADI Training Bulletin, Fourth Quarter 2017 Edition. During these FREE presentations you will have explained the latest standard changes, plus you can test your knowledge with a series of fun and interactive poll questions.

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Training Bulletin LIVE- 3Q18 English 

Tuesday 17th July 2018, 6pm AEST (UTC+11)

Training Bulletin LIVE- 3Q18 Korean

Thursday 26th July 2018, 2pm KST (UTC+9)

Training Bulletin LIVE- 3Q18 Chinese

Tuesday 24th July 2018, 6pm CST (UTC+8)

What do you need to do before the event?

First of all make sure you are registered by clicking the relevant link above. The above listed starting times are in the presenters’ local time zones – to ensure you don’t miss out, please verify the equivalent in your own time zone.

On the day all you will need is a computer/tablet or notebook connected to the internet and a set of speakers or headphones to listen in. Login early to ensure your system is functioning properly.

For more information about using the GoToMeeting software reference the GoToMeeting Attendee Quick Reference Guide (PDF).

You can download the latest PADI Training Bulletin by logging into the PADI Pros’ Site and then clicking on ‘Training Essentials’ and ‘Training Bulletins’. It is useful to have a copy for your immediate reference when you are listening to webinar. Under this heading you will also find recordings on previous webinars and registration links to future events.

Seminar Credits

If you sign up and attend this webinar plus another two PADI Asia Pacific LIVE webinars within a 12-month period, you will receive one seminar credit, which can count towards a future PADI Master Instructor or Course Director Application. To receive a seminar credit for having attended three live webinars, or for having watched three recordings of webinars, please submit either the webinar confirmation email or write a brief synopsis about what was presented during the webinar then submit these documents together with your Master Instructor or Course Director Training Course application.

 

We look forward to seeing you online!

For more information please email training-sales@padi.com.au 

July Tips from the PADI Asia Pacific Quality Management Team

In 2018 the PADI Asia Pacific Quality Management team continues to bring you tips from PADI staff in the field on how to maintain and improve safety in your professional diving activities. This month we heard from PADI Asia Pacific Quality Management Consultant, Rebecca Wastall, and PADI Asia Pacific Vice President, Training, Sales, & Field Services, Danny Dwyer.

“An injury that seems insignificant at the time can become something more serious in the days and weeks that follow. If a diver has an incident, stay in contact with them to determine if signs and symptoms are getting better or worse. Staying in contact with your students/customers after an incident helps to determine how serious the incident is and it’s also great customer service.” PADI Asia Pacific Vice President, Danny Dwyer.

How many time have you heard “There is no need to write a report, that’s not serious enough” or “Don’t worry the store will write the report on behalf of everyone involved.” Do you as a member actually know when you should submit a report? It may be more often than you think.

So how is it defined? Let’s refer to your PADI instructor manual for guidance.

“Submit a PADI Incident Report Form to your PADI Office immediately after you witness or are involved in a diving or dive operation-related accident/incident, regardless of whether the incident occurred in or out of the water, is training related, recreational, technical or seemingly insignificant.”

If an incident or ‘near-miss’ occurs write up an incident report and send it to incident@padi.com.au.

Learning from incidents

It would be good practice to then investigate what happened and who was involved. Are there any recommendations for further safety procedures? What can be learnt from the incident to minimise the chances of the same thing occurring in the future? To quote Benjamin Franklin “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Investigating the causal factors of incidents can help you reduce the likelihood of a future incident and give all some piece of mind that you are doing your best to prevent an incident from occurring.

Treat for the worst case scenario

There is a tried and true saying in risk management that says “Treat the worst case scenario.” In a recent case the dive crew aboard a boat ‘diagnosed’ a customer with seasickness instead of Decompression Sickness. The diver did not receive medical treatment or oxygen. The diver subsequently went to hospital themselves and received hyperbaric treatment and serious long lasting injuries as a result of DCS. Had the dive crew made a phone call to the closest diver emergency services the responsibility for ‘diagnosing’ and giving medical advice would have been shifted from them to the experts. The customer would have received the treatment in a timely manner which may have minimized the physical consequences. The incident report would have been documented and the store and staff would be in a much better position.

Consequences of not reporting an incident

The consequences of not reporting an incident or near miss can vary depending on the nature of the incident and country it occurred in. You have an obligation under your membership to report the incident to PADI. Failure to report an incident may mean your insurance is delayed in being utilized. It could be seen as a failure on a member’s behalf to take a matter seriously and could be used against you in a negligence claim. Without the incident report you have no “Aide memoire” to call on for guidance. This is a document written at the time of the incident and is considered to be more accurate than recall from memory alone. Often the question asked is “How can you possibly remember the detail several years later.” Even for incidents that might be perceived to be ‘minor’ in nature it is better to have a report on record than to possibly miss an incident report which turns out to be something more serious. If an incident does occur PADI Quality Management Department and territory staff are here to support you and answers any questions you may have.

Rebecca Wastall, Quality Management Consultant, PADI Quality Management.

E: qa@padi.com.au

The PADI Master Scuba Diver Challenge is Back!

Increase your PADI Master Scuba Diver (MSD) certifications and you could win back the cost of your 2018 PADI Retail and Resort Association Membership, plus more! Join the PADI MSD Challenge today!

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The PADI MSD Challenge is an exciting contest being held from the 1st of July 2018 until the 31st of December 2018. If you are an eligible PADI Dive Center or Resort you will have the opportunity to increase your PADI Master Scuba Diver ratings by growing your continued education certifications between the two contest dates. You can also tie this in with a free PADI MSD Application, available in the Asia Pacific region.

How does the MSD Challenge work?

  • PADI will track your MSD ratings during 1st July 2018 and the 31st December 2018 vs the same calendar period in 2017.
  • The PADI Dive Shops with the biggest percentage increase in each category will win.
  • All eligible PADI Dive Shops are automatically entered into the competition and will compete in one of the two categories below:

Level 1: PADI Dive Centers with 0-4 MSD certifications during the comparison period (1st July-31st December 2017/2018)

Level 2: PADI Dive Centers with 5+ MSD certifications during the comparison period (1st July-31st December 2017/2018)

What are the prizes?

1st Place Winner in Level 1 & 2:
One free 2018 PADI Retailer & Resort Association Membership renewal*(refunded), gift packs with a PADI backpack, polo shirt, t-shirt, cap and water bottle. One AU$300 PADI Gear Voucher. Total Retail Value: AU$900 plus 2018 PADI Membership renewal fee* (AU$236.00-Au$1513.00, excluding GST, depending on Membership level).

2nd Place Winner in Level 1 & 2: Five PADI gift packs with PADI backpack, polo shirt, t-shirt, cap & water bottle. One AU$150 PADI Gear Voucher. Total Retail Value: AU $750.

Official Contest Rules

Please refer to the official contest rules here. 

Marketing Tools and Resources

To help you promote the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating to divers, you can download our free Master Scuba Diver Toolkits. This includes various print and digital marketing materials needed to promote your campaign- available in English, Korean, Traditional and Simplified Chinese.

Download the PADI MSD Challenge Marketing Toolkit’s Here

Hints:

  • See the PADI.com/msdchallenge page for inspiration on how to promote your own MSD Challenge campaign.
  • Unique selling point: A Master Scuba Diver rating places divers among an elite group in which fewer than 2% of divers ever join – This course is the black belt of diving!

Need More Information?

Read the full contest rules, speak to your PADI Regional Manager or contact the PADI Asia Pacific Marketing team on marketing@padi.com.au 

2018 PADI Women’s Dive Day Global Video Contest Rules

Eligibility: PADI’s Women’s Dive Day Global Video Contest (“Contest”) is open to PADI Individual Members worldwide who are 18 years of age or older, and to and PADI Dive Centers/Resorts worldwide (“Entrant”) who are hosting a PADI Women’s Dive Day 2018 event (“Event”). Individual Members include PADI Divemasters, Assistant Instructors, Open Water Scuba Instructors, Specialty Instructors, Master Scuba Diver Trainers, IDC Staff Instructors, Master Instructors, Course Directors, Freediver Instructors, Advanced Freediver Instructors, Master Freediver Instructors and Freediver Instructor Trainers. Entrants must be current Members in good standing with no open quality assurance issues. Employees, officers, directors and family members of employees of PADI Worldwide Corp. and all related and affiliated companies (collectively referred to as “PADI”), globally, are not eligible for the Contest. Contest is void in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) of Australia and anywhere restricted or otherwise prohibited by law.

General Rules and Conditions: By entering the Contest, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules. The winning entries will be used in a video montage to promote PADI Women’s Dive Day 2019.

How to Enter: Entrants can submit video footage from the 2018 Women’s Dive Day Event hosted by PADI in July 2018 (“Contest Submission”). Entries can be submitted by email to: josh.shave@padi.com. Videos must be sent using a file sharing service such as We Transfer or Dropbox. Contest Submissions should contain underwater and/or topside video footage of Entrants showcasing their 2018 Women’s Dive Day event. Submission should include Entrant’s name, PADI Member Number and contact information.

All video file types will be accepted, however the following parameters are preferred:

  • Video Codec: 264
  • Frame rate: Preferably 29.97, but 24 and 25 are accepted as well.
  • Field Order: Progressive
  • Aspect: Square Pixels (1.0)
  • Size and bitrate:
    1280×720 for 720p  HD video, 5Mbs – 10Mbs bitrate
    1920×1080 for 1080p HD video, 10Mbs – 20Mbs bitrate
  • Sound codec:AAC
  • Sound sample rate: 48 kHz

Multiple entries will be accepted per Entrant. Entries may be submitted beginning 21 July 2018, 9:00am PST and all entries must be received by 21 August 2018, 11:59pm PST.

Contest Submission Judging Criteria: At the conclusion of the Contest Submission Period the judges (three PADI staff) will review all eligible entries received and select the Winners based on inspiration, quality of footage, originality and/or best overall depiction of the Event. Contest Submissions should be a video that showcases women in diving. All underwater environments are allowed (pool, freshwater, ocean). The primary objective is to promote women in diving and the PADI Women’s Dive Day 2019 event, but the footage can also show all participants in the 2018 event regardless of age or gender. PADI Safe Diving Practices and other recognized, conservative dive techniques and circumstances should be reflected in the footage. Footage that shows any touching or damaging of marine life will not be considered. Video should be under two minutes in length. High resolution photos (minimum 1000 pixels) and/or event description and quotes welcomed, but video must be submitted to be considered. Video submissions should be a minimum 1080p.

Entrants warrant that the Contest Submissions they submit to the Contest are their own videos and/or photos. Each entrant gives PADI and/or its designee the legal unlimited rights to use any Contest Submission Entrant submitted for this Contest, whether it is a winning entry or not, without photo and/or video credit. Entrant warrants that all information provided is accurate and that Entrant personally took the video and/or photo(s) submitted for this Contest or has written permission from the videographer/photographer to submit the video and/or photo(s) for this Contest, and that Entrant has the legal right to use any Entry submitted by Entrant for this Contest. PADI’s use of Entrant’s Contest Submission will not violate any third party rights. All Entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless PADI and its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest, any Contest-related activities, and the acceptance and use, or misuse of any prize awarded hereunder. By entering a  Contest Submission each entrant  hereby grants PADI the non-exclusive royalty-free irrevocable rights, in its sole discretion, to use, reproduce, copy, publish, display, distribute, perform, translate, sublicense, adapt, modify, create derivative works from and otherwise exploit the Contest Submission (in whole or in part) and to incorporate the Contest Submission in other works, in any and all markets and media, whether now known or hereafter developed, throughout the universe in perpetuity; these rights are granted to PADI whether or not the submission is a winning submission. Winner (“Winner”) will be required to sign and complete a Publicity Release & Affidavit of Eligibility and return it to PADI within 5 days of notification, otherwise the prize may be forfeited and awarded to an alternate Entrant. Winner gives PADI unlimited rights to use Winner’s name, picture, Contest Submission and likeness, globally, in advertising and publicity for this Contest, and for any other PADI use, without further compensation, where permitted by local law. Such use may include but is not limited to PADI YouTube Channel and related scuba YouTube Channels, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, http://www.padi.com and press releases. No substitution of prize is permitted. PADI’s decision and selection of the Winners shall be final.

Contest Prize and Approximate Retail Value (ARV): There will be a total of six Contest winners. Each Winning Entrant will win the following prizes:

1-year 2019 PADI Membership renewal for Winning Entrant’s 2019 membership level (ARV varies based on membership level*)

*Note: The 2019 Member Renewal value is subject to the actual 2019 PADI Membership Renewal Fee for the relevant Member level once set for the 2019 Membership year.

All federal, state/provincial/territorial, and local taxes, fees and surcharges and taxes (whether foreign or domestic, and including income, sales, and import taxes) on prizes are the sole responsibility of the Winner.

Winner Selection: Winners will be chosen by 31 August 2018. Winners will be notified within 10 days of selection via the email address that they entered the Contest through. PADI is not responsible for lost or misdirected mail or email. PADI’s decision and selection of the Winner shall be final.

PADI or its affiliates may rescind any promotion found to contain errors, without liability, at PADI’s sole discretion.

This Contest shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, United States of America, exclusive of its choice of laws principles. The California State courts of Orange County or the United States District Court for the Southern District of California shall have exclusive jurisdiction and venue over any dispute arising out of or relating to this Contest.

Chances of winning are dependent upon the number of entries received, and the opinion of judges regarding the judging criteria.

Win a Free Membership Renewal with the 2018 PADI Women’s Dive Day Video Contest

Are you hosting a PADI Women’s Dive Day Event this year? Did you know that you could win a free 2019 PADI Menbership Renewal if you are?! Are you now regretting that you haven’t registered any yet? If you’re in the first two categories, read on. If you’re in the third – not to worry, there’s still time to register your event.

To help grow PADI Women’s Dive Day even more in the coming years, we’re looking for videos that capture the spirit of PADI Women’s Dive Day – empowering and celebrating the female dive community.

That’s why we’re bringing back the PADI Women’s Dive Day Global Video Contest. Winning videos will be featured in the 2019 event promotional video and the six winners will receive a free 2019 PADI Membership Renewal.

So what are you waiting for!

How it works:

  1. Register to host a PADI Women’s Dive Day event on July 21, 2018. Register here.
  2. Film your event, giving regards to PADI standards and safe marine life practices.
  3. Get signed releases from participants. Download a sample release here.
  4. Edit footage to no longer than two minutes in length/minimum 1080p.
  5. Submit entries to womendive@padi.com. Be sure to include the entrant’s name, PADI Member/Store number, and contact information.
  6. Send video via file-sharing services such as WeTransfer or Dropbox.
  7. Six winners will be notified via email.

Full rules can be found here.

Need some inspiration? Take a look at last year’s promo video here.

The New PADI Dive Shop Locator (Beta) is Live!


Getting people to learn scuba diving (and continue on after they’re certified) is a team effort, and PADI® is always looking for ways to make Members’ businesses stand out and shine. The Dive Shop Locator (DSL) was created more than a decade ago so new divers could find dive training they could trust.

With the newly redesigned and repackaged PADI.com, it was time for the DSL to get a refresh. As the new PADI DSL Beta is unveiled, PADI Members will see a host of exciting features – all with the goal of making sure their business keeps growing. Here’s a quick FAQ of what you can expect from the new PADI Dive Shop Locator.

What are the key features to the new DSL?

Check out the value and sheer number of these new features of the PADI DSL Beta.

  • Better User Experience – The user journey matches what users expect from a location-based search experience from sites like Yelp, TripAdvisor, and Google Maps. This includes cleaner page layouts and information hierarchy, intuitive task flows and visual consistency.
  • Enhanced Map View – Adjustments to the way search looks at geography has improved the look and feel of the visual indicator dive shop flags to clearly indicate the type of dive center shown on the map (g. a PADI 5 Star).
  • Improved Filtering – New filters use more descriptive terminology and intuitive filter groupings.
  • Faster Loading Speed/Performance – The new PADI DSL is a quicker experience regardless of whether your area has high or low bandwidth.
  • More Detailed Dive Shop Pages – Each dive shop has a unique URL and page. This will allow the pages to be “deeplinked,” which helps marketing teams and members share the URL via email and on websites, and allows pages to be indexed by search engines like Google.
  • Better Mobile Experience – The new DSL is a fully mobile friendly and responsive experience.
  • Improved Search – Users will have the ability to search by almost any (reasonable) dive-related phrase to locate a dive shop or location.
  • More Clearly Delineated Ads – Sponsored ads are displayed within the search results list and map, making them more visible to end-users.
  • Filter by Freediving Centers –  Individual dive shop pages and filter menu includes the ability to filter by freediving centres.
  • Visibility for PADI 5 Star – Search results show all shops but, list 5 Star Dive Centres and Resorts more prominently.

What is a “Beta” and how will this work?

The Dive Shop Locator is an important tool that divers find and connect with dive centers and resorts. To fully understand how any new design affects this process, the PADI team will make both the current and new design available to users and allow them to switch between each experience and leave feedback. For the next two to three months, the team will monitor interact with each, adjusting each design as needed and sharing the learnings.

How long will the DSL Beta run?

The DSL Beta will initially run for eight to 12 weeks, but will be flexible so that enough data can be collected to make the DSL the best it can be.

You CAN Make A Difference

Blog post by PADI Regional Manager, Neil Richards

Introduced in November of 2016, PADI’s Four Pillar of Change corporate social responsibility program, is in full swing throughout Thailand. With some big goals in mind, we want to use this program as a platform to protect our ocean planet and introduce more people to it – we need your help! Get involved now and “Be a Force for Good”!

Ocean Health

PADI members in Bangkok, Koh Tao and Krabi recently hosted Jack Fishman, Project AWARE’s Community Conservation Officer (yes that’s his real name and it’s quite fitting). We hope you were able to attend one of his multiple lectures on Marine Debris or jumped on a boat to conduct a Dive Against Debris together.

Take Action

Conduct the Project AWARE Dive Against Debris® specialty with your students and remember to credit the dive towards the Advanced Open Water course. The materials are free to download for both Instructor and student as well, and the Instructor fees (if you haven’t applied already) are donated directly to Project AWARE. The data received from this dive is collated and used by Project AWARE to encourage policy change.

People & Community

PADI is actively reaching out to schools across Asia Pacific in an effort to create the next generation of ocean enthusiasts. We have designed presentations to be delivered in the local schools, which focus on marine life and conservation. Where possible, we will even offer a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience to pique their interest and introduce them to breathing underwater.

Take Action

Conduct similar activities with schools, clubs and activity centres. Remember the youth of today will be the leaders of tomorrow. Encourage further education focusing on buoyancy skills and Project AWARE specialties.

Other opportunities to build a sense of community are participating in PADI Women’s Dive Day or getting involved with local causes.

Healing & Wellness

PADI’s approach to diver education has always been inclusive, but the new Adaptive Techniques and Adaptive Support Diver courses build upon PADI’s long history of working with divers with disabilities. PADI field service staff in will soon be hosting experts across different regions who can help increase awareness of differing abilities and how to apply adaptive techniques that cater to them.

Take Action

Once you have the Instructor level consider offering workshops to your own staff and Instructor colleagues. If you do know of any divers with disabilities ask them for tips about how they were able to overcome challenges. Think about how you can make changes to your store to accommodate a wider audience.

Marine Animals

Similar to the “Ocean Health” pillar with respect to our actions, PADI and Project AWARE have been offering workshops about Shark and Ray Tourism. If you were unable to attend a live version, please watch this space for webinars with similar discussion topics.

Take Action

Conduct the AWARE Shark Conservation specialty with your students and remember to credit the dive towards the Advanced Open Water course. This is a great opportunity to engage with divers, creating awareness of the plight of some of nature’s most majestic creatures. Remember the student and Instructor materials are free of charge and the Instructor application fees go straight to Project AWARE.

Also, keep an eye on the Project AWARE Social Channels and participate in petitions and surveys that they share. These go a long way towards informing worldwide policy change.

If we all join forces we can and will make a difference. If we don’t do something, who will?